With the NCAA Tourney out of reach, Texas has two remaining options, the NIT or the CBI. There is some mystery around the Longhorns potentially getting an NIT invite — the tournament hasn't ever taken a team with a losing record, and the Longhorns are 16-17 this season. But some feel there might be a loophole: the NIT has a habit of not counting games against Division II teams, largely to not reward schools that became .500-plus only by beating a D2 team or two. But Texas lost the lone game it played against a Division II school when Chaminade beat up the Longhorns in the Maui Invitational opener. If that "rule" is also applied to losses, Texas becomes 16-16, and has the requisite .500 record.
Still, that would appear to be a long-shot, particularly with conference foe Baylor sitting there with an 18-14 record. The Bears, not the Longhorns, would be the ideal choice for the NIT.
But Texas is likely to get an invitation from the CBI, meaning the Longhorns will have a chance to keep playing — and perhaps most importantly, practicing — basketball for the foreseeable future. And with the nation's youngest team, that benefit can't be oversold.